Welcome to the second installment of Sports R dumb! Last week, I told you about my disappointment in the Mariners. We’re moving on this week, but before we do, I would like to point out that both the Houston Astros AND Texas Rangers were eliminated from the MLB playoffs today. Ahhh, what a wonderful day to be a Mariner fan…also, stay out of Texas, they’re probably a little salty down there right now.
Anyway, enough about baseball. I’m over baseball. We’re halfway through October (wait, what?) and football season is in full swing. Celebrate good times, C’mon!
Unfortuantly, it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows for the Seahawks. The Seahawks lost to the Rams in week 1. Then to the Packers in week 2. Ok, this is less than ideal. But I had mentally prepared myself for an 0-2 start, so I wasn’t panicking, yet.
Week 3 brought a 26-0 shutout over the Bears. See? We’re fine. Week 4 was another win over Detroit.
Let’s talk about this Detroit win real fast. As some of you may recall, the game ended with a bit of controversy. I’m not going to go into a full recap here, but the long and short of it is that the Lions were trailing by three and were marching down the field. It looked like they would win the game. A quick pass to Calvin Johnson on the left side left Seahawks fans rattled. But wait, who is that? IT’S KAM CHANCELLOR FORCING A FUMBLE AT THE .000001 INCH LINE!!!
Seriously, it was that close. Kam knocks the ball out and it goes bouncing into the end zone. Linebacker KJ Wright gives the ball a little help, and pushes it out of the back of the end zone.
Detroit fans were not happy. You see, there is a little known rule in the NFL that states that a player cannot knock a fumbled ball backwards out of the end zone or towards the sideline. Wright may have done this, a little bit. Detroit was up in arms, saying the NFL screwed them again and throwing out the typical “The NFL is rigged and this is bullshit,” excuses.
C’mon guys. Sure, Wright may have knocked the ball out, and it may have been technically illegal, but let’s face reality. The reality is that Detroit played like absolute garbage all night, and there wasn’t a single Lion player within three yards of that ball. Besides, that ball was bouncing out of the back of the end zone whether Wright hit it or not.
If you want to be outraged, be outraged at the fact that Calvin Johnson fumbled at the freaking one yard line! Seriously dude? Rule number one: Don’t be a hero. Take the yards and line up and run another play, you had like a minute and a half on clock.
Whatever. Detroit fans will probably hold onto that play for the entire season (pure speculation), and NFL fans in general will claim that the Seahawks got away with another one with the help from the refs (see: Golden Tate Fail Mary). The bottom line is the scoreboard says we won.
So deal with it! See guys, sports aren’t so dumb after all!
Then came last week’s debacle with the Bengals. This was a game that I was pretty nervous about going into it. Then the Hawks played lights out for three quarters. Then they fell apart in the fourth quarter, Andy Dalton is apparently an elite quarterback, the Seahawks offense is godawful and football is stupid and I hate it.
This Sunday, the Seahawks will play host to the undefeated Carolina Panthers. At 2-3, and trailing the Arizona Cardinals by 2 games for the division lead, this could be a season defining game. Check that, this absolutely is a season defining game. Win, and we’ll be ok. Lose, and I’m never watching football again.
At least until the Sunday night game. Peace out ya’ll!
A northwest native, AJ is a returning college student finishing his journalism degree. He loves everything Seattle sports, and plans to carry that enthusiasm into the sports section of the Spectator this year.